Server Interface Pod
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A Server Interface Pod (SIP)  is a proprietary hardware unit developed by Dell and Avocent. It sends keyboard, video, and mouse signals over Category 5 cables, greatly decreasing the workload of managing normally bulky and expensive KVM cables.
One side of a SIP consists of either two PS/2 cables and a VGA cable or a single USB cable and a VGA cable, which are connected to a host. The other side consists of a female 8P8C (RJ-45) modular connector which is connected to a KVM switch via a straight-through Cat 5 cable.
A SIP can be interfaced via CAT-5 cable directly to a KVM or through a "Dell Port Expansion Module" which connects eight SIPs to a single KVM port. This is useful for installing a single KVM into a multirack environment with minimal cabling.
Upon connection to the KVM the SIP will register itself, and the user can then allocate a name to the SIP, such as the server's name. This name is stored on the SIP, so if the KVM switch is replaced, reconfiguration of each SIP is not required.
- http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pedge/en/svrac_180as_2160as.pdf Dell PDF on console switches
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